Tag Archives: Documentary

Review in Brief: The Director and the Jedi (2018)

Whatever you thought about EPISODE VIII (and whether or not you need to get over yourself), behind-the-scenes documentary THE DIRECTOR AND THE JEDI brings chills (Frank Oz taking up the Yoda puppet again) and tears (filming Carrie Fisher and Mark … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017)

JIM & ANDY: THE GREAT BEYOND is a must-see for fans of Jim Carrey, Andy Kaufman and especially Milos Forman’s superlative oddball biopic MAN ON THE MOON. Impossible as he’s shown to be going “method” throughout filming, the only thing … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The First Film (2015)

Boast time: I’ve met David Wilkinson. He gave  a guest lecture on film distribution while I was studying Film at university. As a fellow Yorkshireman, I wanted him to be right about the first film being produced in this great … Continue reading

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Review: Notes on Blindness (2016)

If you are able, stop what you are doing right now and go watch NOTES ON BLINDNESS. It is a sublime, painfully moving, almost religious experience. While it draws influence from many a source, you’ve never seen a documentary quite … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Supersonic (2016)

I like Oasis as a band, I don’t love them. Both Gallaghers are magnetic, but incredibly abrasive personalities. SUPERSONIC is Oasis in their own words, so you do get the arguments and the clashes, but no major revelations. “Liam’s got … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: My Scientology Movie (2016)

I’m not the least bit surprised Louis Theroux chose this topic for his first documentary feature. Nobody combines disarming politeness, stillness and causing mild annoyance in his subjects as interview techniques quite like Theroux. The film spotlights what is widely … Continue reading

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Review: 13th (2016)

Anyone under the misapprehension that film can’t impact the real world, that it’s escapism and nothing more, should take note of the moment in Ava DuVernay’s documentary highlighting how DW Griffith’s THE BIRTH OF A NATION not only revitalised the … Continue reading

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Review: For the Love of Spock (2016)

I’m not the biggest STAR TREK fan in the universe. I was always more into that other franchise from a galaxy far away. That said, I enjoyed most of the movies and saw a handful of episodes, but even I … Continue reading

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Review: Where to Invade Next (2016)

Michael Moore famously doesn’t beat about the bush (or Bush). WHERE TO INVADE NEXT (should that be phrased as a question?) opens with a montage of Washington DC’s landmarks accompanied by the whir of helicopter blades and an action movie … Continue reading

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Hard-Hitting Netflix Original Documentary Double Bill

How catchy is the title of this piece? Anyway, isn’t streaming brilliant? Convenience and value for money aside, so many interesting documentaries that might otherwise have never found the right outlet for release can now be beamed straight into your … Continue reading

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